Retrace the trails that prospectors followed in 1849 through the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Vineyards that produce a rich variety of wines surround quaint 19th-century towns.
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California’s first gold strike in 1848 took place at the northern end of this wine route, where Sutter’s Mill once stood. The historic locale is now part of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, where visitors can still pan for gold.
One of the biggest and best wineries in the Foothills, Renwood offers an extensive tasting menu, snack options and comfortable indoor and outdoor areas to chill with friends.
The name translates as “Land of Gold.” This winery (formerly known as Montevina) offers a taste of history with its Deaver Zinfandel made from a 130-year-old vineyard, plus nine other consistently fine wines.
Cozy and casually elegant, this restaurant in Plymouth serves arguably the best food in the Foothills. It’s a convenient stop for lunch or dinner after a tour of wineries in the Shenandoah Valley.
Stroll through the rustic Gold Rush ambience of the historic business district of Columbia. Shop from merchants dressed in 1850s clothing or grab a ride on a 100-year-old stagecoach.
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